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Dental disease is one of the most common issues we see in dogs and cats. They are masters at hiding their discomfort so many people are surprised to hear their pet has dental disease. However, by three years of age, approximately 85% of pets will have some signs of gum disease so your pet is not alone!

Food debris and saliva leads to a build-up of sticky plaque on the surface of your pet’s teeth. This plaque hardens to form visible tartar. This is far from just a cosmetic issue as over time plaque and tartar lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In severe cases bacteria can enter the bloodstream causing infection in other organs.

Plaque can be managed with home brushing but the only way to remove these tartar deposits is with a professional cleaning. This is a descale and polish, exactly like we have at the dentist. The main difference is that pets will require a short anaesthetic. This allows a thorough assessment of each tooth and protects against any water going down the throat.

We have full modern dental facilities at BVC in a dedicated dental room. This includes dental x-rays, ultrasonic descaler and high speed dental drills for extracting teeth.

If you are concerned that your pet has signs of tooth or gum disease give us a call on 01-6270402 to schedule a dental check. We can also advise on ways to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar.